On November 1, 2020, we will be transitioning to our winter hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm. Guests will need to be in the Zoo by 4:00pm. 

 You must now purchase your tickets online!

You must bring some form of proof of purchase if you have bought tickets online. The Zoo closes at 6:00pm, you must be in the Zoo by 4:30PM.

Boo at the Zoo is sold out for the remaining two nights.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us by purchasing tickets for Boo at the Zoo. See y’all next year! Have a safe Halloween!

Calling all spooks and goblins, up to 10 years old! This is Zulema’s first Halloween with us, and she wants to join in all the fun. She needs your help with a Halloween costume and we are kicking off our “Dress Zulema for Halloween” contest.

Contest rules:

  • Children up to10 years of age are eligible to enter.
  • One submission per child.
  • Our image of Zulema must be used to enter our contest.
  • Drawing must be emailed to: info@austinzoo.org. or mailed to the following address: Austin Zoo, PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709
  • Please include the child’s name, email address, phone number and name of child along with permission to announce child as a contest winner.
  • A panel of Austin Zoo staff members will decide the top three drawings.
  • Austin Zoo staff members and immediate family are not eligible to enter our contest.

Contest Prizes:

  • First Place: Family of Four Membership for One Year, valued at $120
  • Second Place: Two Person Membership for One Year, valued at $90
  • Third Place: Family of Four Complimentary Zoo Passes, valued at $59.80

Contest Timeline: 

  • Friday, October 23rd – Saturday, October 31st.

Austin Zoo reserves the right to disqualify drawings. By entering the “Dress Zulema for Halloween” Contest, you agree that Austin Zoo is granted unlimited use of submitted and approved drawings for advertising, education, and/or promotion without compensation to entrant. Although credit will not appear in advertising, if used, it will be applied elsewhere when practical.

Our winner will be announced during the first week of November.

Download Zulema image HERE.

Weekend Camp

Do you have a child with a thirst for knowledge and a love for wildlife? Look no further than Austin Zoo’s Weekend Camps! Each Saturday, we will host an all-day camp where we will explore animal classification and the biodiversity of our world through animal encounters, biofacts, games, and crafts. For more information, please visit our Education page.

Please fill out our registration form HERE to sign up!


Our animals are most active during the morning hours, plan to come early.
Our Gift Shop has moved to an outdoor location where you can buy Austin Zoo souvenirs and animal feed, along with drinks, chips and ice cream.
Train Rides
Monday through Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:00am – 5:00pm

Vistor Guidelines

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at our admissions gate. A surcharge of $1.00 per ticket will be assessed on tickets purchased at the gate.
    – Guests 2 years of age and older must wear a face mask!

      –  Please, if you are not feeling well or have a temperature over 100.4, refrain   

          from visiting and come another day.

      – Masks are required. If you are not wearing a mask, or face covering, you will not

         be allowed to enter the Zoo. Masks will be available for purchase.

     – Social distancing will be strictly enforced.

      – Daily activities such as keeper talks will not be offered.

      – Wheelchairs and strollers will not be available for rent at this time.

       – Our concession stand will be closed.

      – No cash transactions, credit/debit cards only.

      – Our restrooms will be closed. We will have portable restrooms at the new

         entrance of the Zoo uphill from the Gift Shop and in our Picnic Grove area.

      – Portable hand washing stations will be located at key points throughout the Zoo.

     – Our Discovery Center will be closed.

     – Surfaces throughout the Zoo will be sanitized according to CDC disinfecting


     – We will have a small gift shop for purchasing souvenirs, drinks and prepackaged


     – If you would like to purchase a membership, you must do so online.



  • Members may visit the Zoo at any time during our regular business hours. You do not need to make a reservation.
  • Please have your membership card ready to display as you approach admissions. This will enable us to speed up our entry process.
  • All members who purchased a membership before the coronavirus forced us to temporarily close the Zoo will receive a two month extension on their membership.
  • If you have not received your membership card, or you purchased a membership while the Zoo was closed, please announce your name at admission.


Capybara Encounter

Come and enjoy a Capybara feeding!
Enter into the world of our Capybara, enjoying an up-close experience feeding them.
  • Age Requirement: 10 years of age
  • Cost: $40 per person
  • Up to 3 members of the same household will be able to enter our Capybara habitat
  • Liability release form must be acknowledged and signed
  • Please call 512-695-3021 for additional information and to schedule your feeding appointment.
  • We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoo Veterinarian.


Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Have you ever wanted to feed a Galapagos Tortoise? Come to Austin Zoo and you will be able to do just that!
Age Requirement: 5 years of age
Cost: $25 per person
Up to 3 members of the same household will be able to enter our Galapagos Tortoise area. Liability release form must be acknowledged and signed.
Please call 512-695-3021 for additional information and to schedule your feeding appointment.
We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.
This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoo Veterinarian.

Purchase An Austin Zoo Membership!

Your membership will go into effect the day you visit the Zoo to pick up your membership packet after we reopen. Click HERE to purchase your membership today!

How You Can Help Austin Zoo Animals

1. Donate today by clicking on the donate button you see below.
2. Purchase a yearly membership by clicking HERE. Your membership will go into effect the day we reopen.         
3. Mail us a check to: Austin Zoo PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709.





Join Us for A Virtual Education Program!

Let us virtually bring the zoo to you! We are excited to offer virtual programs via Zoom! To schedule a virtual program or to get more information, please email our Education Manager at EDUCATION@AUSTINZOO.ORG.


Our mission is to assist

animals in need through rescue,

conservation and education. 

Austin Zoo is proud to be a Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility.